New cluster identified in Kedah

PETALING JAYA: The Sala cluster has been identified as a new one in Kedah, one of the three clusters with cases recorded in the state.

The Health Ministry said the country recorded 26 new cases of Covid-19, with three recoveries as of yesterday.

“The first case of the Sala cluster (case 9148) is in the Yan district in Kedah where a Malaysian man was identified as Covid-19 positive on Aug 13, via a clinical surveillance system for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital there.

“Active case and close contact detections were conducted on Aug 14 with positive cases found on Aug 15, ” said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement yesterday.

He added the three cases in the cluster yesterday were all family relatives of the index case.

A total of 80 close contacts of the patient have been screened with four testing positive. The remaining 76 are still awaiting their results.

Meanwhile, 12 more cases have been reported from the Tawar cluster, with two cases in Penang and 10 in Kedah.

“The amount of cases linked to this cluster is now at 33. As many as 657 individuals have been screened.

“From that, 30 positive cases were found in Kedah and three in Penang. In Perak, eight have been screened with their results still pending, ” he said.

One case was also recorded from the Muda cluster as well.

Of the 26 cases reported yesterday, three were imported.

“They are from Austria, the United States of America and Vietnam, ” he said.

No additional fatalities have been recorded, keeping the number of fatal cases at 125.

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